The Michigan State Spartans got a bit of a surprise this week when three-star defensive end Darius Slade committed to the Spartans.
Most believed the 6’5, 238 lb. Slade would commit to one of two other Big 10 schools – the Ohio State Buckeyes or the Nebraska Cornhuskers, who he originally committed to. The hometown Rutgers Scarlet Knights, who played this season in the AAC and will join the Big 10 in 2014, were also in the mix.
With Mike Vrabel, Ohio State’s defensive line coach, leaving for the Houston Texans, Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio able to retain defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi and the recent overall success of the Spartans’ program, especially on defense, Slade knew where he wanted to be.
“Committed to Michigan State University,” Slade said via text to SpartanTailgate. “I was a Spartan all along. That’s home for me.”
Slade attends Montclair High School in Montclair, New Jersey.
Slade is viewed as the 914th best prospect in the country, according to 24/7 Sports’ composite rankings.